Illegal miners wickedly return to Pra River for galamsey

Illegal miners wickedly return to Pra River for galamsey

- There are claims that some illegal miners have gone back to polluting the Pra River

- Ghana water company are warning of an acute water shortage if police fails to respond

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Reports by Citifmonline show that illegal miners are returning to illegal mining in the already damaged Pra River at Daboase in the Western Region.

READ ALSO: BNI "releases" secret list of powerful Ghanaians behind galamsey

According to the radio station, the revelation was made when authorities of the Ghana Water Company (GWCL) embarked on an assessment of the damage rendered to these river bodies.

Illegal miners wickedly return to Pra River for galamsey
The entire stretch of the River Pra is feared to have been polluted by illegal mining (Photo: Citifmonline)

Regional communications manager for the GWCL in charge of the Western and Central Regions, Nana Yaw Barnie revealed to CitiFM that “we (the authorities) saw the people there, they were still working a day after the ultimatum".

He is therefore calling on the police and other security authorities to urgently respond to this development.

So far, the battle against illegal mining is said to be strictly raging on especially as government wage a fierce campaign against the menace. Reports reaching have it that some Chinese nationals in Ghana have been arrested for partaking in illegal or artisanal mining otherwise known as “galamsey”.

Illegal miners wickedly return to Pra River for galamsey
Here is a photo of some illegal miners flouting the rules of mining somewhere in the Western Region (Photo: UNDP)

Earlier in last month, the government has collected some truck reportedly used in galamsey and destroyed them.

Also, a highly classified list of powerful politicians and Ghanaians behind illegal small scale mining in Ghana has been reportedly intercepted by Joy FM.

It has been alleged that aspects of the secret report names top-notched politicians as the member of parliament for Talensi in the Upper East Region and key member of the NDC, Benson Baba Tongo.

Illegal miners wickedly return to Pra River for galamsey
Ghana through the information minister, has met with the Chinese ambassador to Ghana on illegal mining

Other persons allegedly cited behind the menace are a reported to be a financier of the NPP, Bunyak Kolog and also some well respected chiefs in towns like Adieworsu, Jumako, Abura, Tonru and Mempeasem, chiefs and elders are said to be actively involved in galamsey.

READ ALSO: NPP market women threaten NDC counterparts against use of public offices

But despite these fresh revelations on how the galamsey menace is being fought, questions still remain on how best government is prepared to end the menace once and for all.

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